Pamela Ebstyne King, PhD

installation into

the Peter L. Benson Chair of Applied Developmental Science

May 5, 2016
 

Listen to podcasts of the Installation and of the Luncheon Program

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Worship led by Knox Presbyterian Church Youth Band affirms the contributions of young people.

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Trustee Chair Clifford L. Penner installs Pamela Ebstyne King.

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As Dean Mari Clements leads, faculty gather around Pam King in the prayer of dedication.


Installation Address: “An Invitation to Thrive”

  • recalled Peter Benson’s tremendous impact—providing a hopeful vision for all young people. He might have encouraged kids to find their spark and adults around them to ignite it—but Peter himself was “a walking blowtorch!”;
  • quoted her own high school graduation speech from 1986 on spiritual life purposes: King feared she hadn’t had a new thought in 30 years, and was grateful for the reframe by her post-doc mentor, Bill Damon, who said, “we call that identity coherence”;
  • reflected on thriving as an invitation and response, a dynamic interaction between Creator and created;
  • pointed out that thriving is not a destination, but it does have a direction, a goal, a telos: God’s purposes for humanity.

Her address fleshed out this invitation to thrive by explaining how she understands this goal for humankind in 3 ways:

  1. Conformity to likeness of the image of God in Christ.
  2. Uniqueness: conformity to Christ does not mean uniformity: “An element of our telos is to be and become more fully the unique person that God created us to be.”
  3. Relatedness: “God created us to be in relationship—with God, humankind, and his creation. . . . As I have been known to say, he created us to become reciprocating selves, . . . fully formed or forming individuals in full relationship with God, humans, and creation.”

– Read Part 2 of her address: “Transformation Towards Telos,” and Part 3: “Transformation Through Trancendence.”

Pamela King with husband, Brad, and children, Aidan, Rhys, and Jocelyn

Pamela King with husband, Brad, and children, Aidan, Rhys, and Jocelyn

The Kings and the Ebstynes

The Kings and the Ebstynes

Pam Ebstyne King with parents, Bonnie and Doug Ebstyne, and brother, Michael Ebstyne

Pam Ebstyne King with parents, Bonnie and Doug Ebstyne, and brother, Michael Ebstyne

School of Psychology faculty

School of Psychology faculty

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Service participants (left to right): SOP Dean Emeritus Winston Gooden, President Mark Labberton, Dean of Chapel Laura Harbert, SOP Dean Mari Clements, Associate Professor of Psychology Cynthia Eriksson, Pamela Ebstyne King, Freed Professor of Marital and Family Therapy James Furrow, Trustee Chair Clifford Penner, Provost Doug McConnell, Professor of Historical Theology John Thompson, Ladd Professor of New Testament Marianne Meye Thompson

Robert and Dorothy King, Mark Labberton, Pam and Brad King

Robert and Dorothy King, Mark Labberton, Pam and Brad King

Pamela Ebstyne King with Richard M. Lerner and Jacqueline V. Lerner

Pamela Ebstyne King with Richard M. Lerner and Jacqueline V. Lerner

Tunie Munson Benson and Liv Benson Lane (wife and daughter of Peter Benson)

Tunie Munson Benson and Liv Benson Lane (wife and daughter of Peter Benson) with Pamela Ebstyne King

William Damon and Pamela Ebstyne King

William Damon and Pamela Ebstyne King

Celebration Luncheon

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Reflections from Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology Sarah A. Schnitker

Jim Furrow comes to the conclusion that the one we emulate is “Peter-Pam”!

Jim Furrow comes to the conclusion that the one we emulate is “Peter-Pam”!

Reflections from William Damon

Reflections from William Damon

Reflections from William Damon

Reflections from Richard M. Lerner

Friends of Pam entertain the audience as they try to decipher a text message from Pam.

Friends of Pam entertain the audience as they try to decipher a text message from Pam.